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Johnny Jolly expects full medical clearance in about two weeks

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Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is a free agent, but hasn’t generated much buzz over the last week.

One big reason for that is the neck fusion surgery he had in January to repair the bulging disc in his neck that forced him onto injured reserve last season. The surgery is less severe than the one that Jolly’s Packers teammates Jermichael Finley and Nick Collins had after their neck injuries, but he still wasn’t medically cleared and teams are understandably wary about signing an agreement with a player in such a situation.

According to Jolly’s agent, they’ll only have to wait a couple more weeks before that concern is a moot one. Jack Bechta said that Jolly has gotten a green light from doctors regarding his neck and that he should get full clearance in about two weeks. The remaining hangup is related to the bone graft that doctors had to take from Jolly’s hip as part of the operation.

That may not result in a flood of interest in a defensive lineman who turned 31 last month, but his chances of landing a job for next season can only go up after the silent start to free agency.

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24 Responses to “Johnny Jolly expects full medical clearance in about two weeks”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Mar 18, 2014 3:57 PM

    He’s also fully cleared for another first round playoff exit this year.

  2. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 18, 2014 4:00 PM

    “He’s also fully cleared for another first round playoff exit this year.”

    Which would still be better than finishing dead last in the division… again.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 18, 2014 4:02 PM

    If you’ve noticed, the Packers defense is progressively getting worse.

    And I know…it’s how to be much worse than they were last year but it’s possible.

    It’s desperation at it’s finest signing Vikings outcast Letroy Guion and Sam Shields to a 10 million dollar contract, and resigning BJ Raji to presume his dissapearing act.

    The Packers defense can only get worse from here.

  4. mp4pack says: Mar 18, 2014 4:04 PM

    The first round playoff exit jokes would hurt if it came from say a 49ers, Seahawks, or Patriots fan. Coming from Vikings fans, it just gives me a good chuckle. Maybe Jolly is the Vikes next “Rent a Ring” candidate.

  5. mn1288 says: Mar 18, 2014 4:09 PM

    My prediction is Guion doesn’t make the team.

    Speaking of desperation and an out-of-whack contract – Greg Jennings, anyone?

    GB’s #3 – Boykin – would’ve beat his production had he seen the # of snaps Jennings did.

  6. jimmysee says: Mar 18, 2014 4:10 PM

    Come back to Green Bay, Johnny.

    And, please stay out of Houston.

  7. axespray says: Mar 18, 2014 4:10 PM

    If the Packer defense were to get worse – it’d still be better than the vikings and bears Defenses that were both lit up by the friggin’ browns.

  8. duece5 says: Mar 18, 2014 4:11 PM

    What is going on with the “medical care” in gbay with all these neck fusions: Finley, Collins, and Jolly????

    Holy cow, hire a DOCTOR gbay!!!!!

    With all the injuries they have had, they obviously lack the medical knowhow in today’s NFL.

    Glad to have the best medical staff in the NFL in Minny……they are know to have the best man in the business in Sugarman.

  9. stellarperformance says: Mar 18, 2014 4:11 PM

    The Vikings would love any opportunity to participate in the postseason. ….any. The Packers are NCAA Final Four material and the Vikings can’t get invited to the NIT. Deride the Packers all you want, but remember this….any negative characterization whatsoever and the Vikings are worse. The Packers own the Vikings. Until that fact changes…nothing changes.

    Jolly would be a welcome returnee to the Packers…at least in my opinion. The guy is brainwashed to win, which will preclude any consideration by the Vikings to pursue him (he’s got that goin’ for ‘im.)

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 18, 2014 4:17 PM

    Johnny Jolly was robbed of an opportunity to earn a Superbowl ring in 2010 with the rest of the Packers. I hope he comes back and gets one this year.

  11. shinedown37 says: Mar 18, 2014 4:18 PM

    How are teams going to be able to handle the pass rush with Clay, Peppers, and now being rumored that Jared Allen may sign Wednesday with the Packers. Can’t double team all of them. One of them is getting a qb sack!

  12. milkcan44 says: Mar 18, 2014 4:25 PM

    My guess is Guion gets the nod over Pickett and Jolly because of age, despite Pickett having been most popular guy on the team. Guion plays natural position which is end. Boyd plays backup nose tackle to Raji.
    Wilson probably gone.

  13. deltaoracle says: Mar 18, 2014 4:26 PM

    He has overcome a lot already. Doesn’t seem to be in GB’s plans, but they’d be wise to bring him and/or Pickett back. Do they really want to rely on Worthy to be part of the rotation? I don’t.

  14. purpleguy says: Mar 18, 2014 4:34 PM

    I hope the guy fully recovers and gets a job after finally getting his life together.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Mar 18, 2014 4:35 PM

    In Greg Jennings defense he was playing with some great QBs and a coach that knew to use him that elevated his play and stats. Which allowed him to get that pay day.

    Favre and Rodgers can’t even be mentioned in the same sentence, as Ponder, unless educating someone on how Favre to the Vikings set their franchise back 5 years.

  16. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 18, 2014 4:43 PM

    I doubt Guion sticks. I’d take an old Pickett or Jolly over him.

  17. golforepar says: Mar 18, 2014 4:49 PM

    I hear Jolly respects the Vikings, he said they are wise spenders since they never wasted any money on a trophy cabinet!

  18. indycheezhed says: Mar 18, 2014 5:26 PM

    The Guion and Raji signing are great. 1 year and they know that if they play good they have a big pay day next year if they don’t nothing hurt. And if Guion came to the Packers for less money you know it’s because he wanted to play for a winner and he wants to stick it the Vikings. This guys alright in my book.

  19. linemanguy74 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:32 PM

    Pack have to watch the money as dividends are due shortly to shareholders

  20. golforepar says: Mar 18, 2014 5:52 PM

    So what High School team is allowing the Vikings to play in their stadium the next 2 years anyway?

  21. tangysizzl says: Mar 18, 2014 6:42 PM

    Whats funny about GB medical an training staff is that both Pepper Burress and Patrick McKenzie were given awards for excellence in the last few years.

    GB has had some terrible injury luck the last few years too, maybe those awards gave us some bad mojo or something.

    Not sure how you can blame broken bones and bulging disks on their staff but people will do it anyway.

  22. dragonfly99 says: Mar 18, 2014 6:45 PM

    The best place for Jolly is obviously Green Bay. Solid rotational player, much better than Guion.

  23. dcviking says: Mar 18, 2014 9:38 PM

    at least nobody needs to be concerned about whether Jolly is in any pain…I’m not sure he’s brainwashed to win as much as he’s open to suggestion given his typical state…but he fits in well with Wisconsin.

  24. stankytoes12 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:49 PM

    I love Vikings first round exit jokes, Packers have had a few of them recently, but luckily they played the Vikings the one year so they easily made it to the second round

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